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Service Learning, Education

Program Highlight

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Child Development Center

The Widener Child Development Center (CDC) is one of the hallmarks of our community outreach effort to create a learning environment that connects our curriculum with societal issues through civic engagement.

Service learning is the foundation of a Widener education.

Through service learning, our students are prepared to lead and establish new rules of engagement in Chester, the region, and around the world. In their coursework, teacher candidates learn traditional content that prepares them to be effective teachers. Equally important is their participation in service activities that meet an expressed community need. They see teaching come to life as they practice their craft and reflect on their experiences. 

Because the service activity is co-designed by the university and the community, the teacher candidates gain an enhanced sense of the importance of collaboration and their own abilities to truly make a meaningful difference in their profession, their schools, and the lives of the children with whom they work. 

Science Teaching Center

The Science Teaching Center (STC) provides comprehensive outreach programs for public and private schools in the Greater Delaware Valley region. The center’s mission is to improve science education and help others understand the way the world works.

Healthy Me

“Healthy Me” is a community collaboration designed to provide children in the Chester Upland School District with an innovative learning opportunity to engage in reading and math activities using the context of personal and public health. 


The Widener University Science Teaching Center’s EnvironMentors Chapter aids in the development of student leadership at Showalter STEM Academy and Chester-Upland High School. Students work alongside professionals on environmental research activities and use their research findings to help solve environmental issues in their communities. 

Earth Force

Earth Force is a nonprofit organization that partners with businesses, schools, and community-based organizations nationwide to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities.